Just Sayin’ Life, 106: Does Vernor’s actually help?

How are you?  Have you ever wondered if Vernor’s actually helps you when you’re feel poorly?


Our #OfftheTracksArt Pop-Up Show was a success.  It was so much fun seeing friends and welcoming them to my new location.  I enjoyed hearing visitors’ thoughts on the new clay work. Thank you for supporting local artists.

As an artist group, we believe that more than 100 people attended.  We sold a lot of artwork. Bev Hundley, Mike Westra, Dave Warmenhoven and myself talked later that evening.  We plan to host these events in the future.  One idea that we had was to invite visiting artists to join us.  This will help us keep the evening interesting with new art.  I am thinking early November will be our next event.

Muskegon Museum of Art has a wonderful exhibit titled “Weathering the Storm”.  John Steuart Curry’s life is nicely portrayed with artwork owned by the MMA and on loan.  The staff created an educational storyline through the show.  This exhibit runs through September 2, 2024.

John steuart curry at work

Save the Date:  Lakeshore Visual Artist Collective’s Art in the Yard has been scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2024 at Baker Lumber.  This is earlier than other years.  It is always a fun night with live music, food, beverages, and lots of great art supporting a good cause – Grand Haven’s School Foundation.

moon jars at c2c gallery studio
c2c gallery studio images of pottery
handmade pottery cups and mugs
studio image of ceramics


I am back working in the studio daily.  New colors and forms are being created.  I am having fun.  So much fun, that I rarely leave my studio/condo.  Leo waits patiently for his next walk and some cuddling.  Are you on Instagram?  Please “friend” my C2C Gallery account.  Jake Britton, Mary Lanka and Ryan Tongue have been in the studio taking photos of me working.  It’s been fun.  Plus, I have been working on updating the website to reflect the changes at C2C.  Please wander over to the website and have a look. Plus, if you have friends who love our lakeshore or any waterfront, please share my art with them.  Thank you, I would appreciate it.

cyndi casemier make a pot on the kickwheel
cyndi and leo in the studio


Did you grow up in the midwest?  If you did you understand this question: does Vernors actually help you feel better when you are ailing?  Vernor’s Ginger Ale has been the “go to” for flu bugs and just feeling uneasy for generations.  Did you know that James Vernor was the first registered Michigan pharmacist?  He took his profession very seriously.  He had a small pharmacy in Detroit with a soda fountain.  He offered  one for regular soda water that could be used for a variety of drinks and one for his ginger ale. But he said he found the entire process a bit annoying and considered “throwing the fountain out” as it interfered with his actual work as a pharmacist. I grew up making cherry sodas and phosphates at my dad’s store.  So, I relate to this story in a personal way.  To read more about James and his soda, click here to read the Detroit Free Press article.

I have been talking about running for a school board member seat for years. When, C2C Gallery was a brick and mortar business, I didn’t have the time to sit on this board.  Now, is the right time for me.  I am throwing my hat into the ring.  When I lived in Vermont, I served on the elementary school board and was appointed to serve on the overarching community school board.  I participated in several committees:  the executive team, the teacher’s contract negotiating team; plus, the gifted and talented.  I always found my time spent in those meetings as rewarding.  We worked hard to manage tax dollars responsibly and only recommend a budget that we could truly support.

One interesting fact:  Vermont hosts a town meeting day throughout the state for budget approvals and elections.  As a city council or school board member, we had to sit in front of our neighbors ready to discuss every line item on the budget.  Each year, I was nervous, that we wouldn’t be able to answer a question from the audience.  We always did though.  Our budget was always approved.

This summer the weather seems as though I am back in Vermont.  Warm one day; rainy and cool the next.  It’s great for our gardens and yards though.  I am feeling more and more settled in my new home and studio.  If you have been following me for awhile, you know that my mom died last year.  We have been going through her things.  We had no idea that she kept every letter that she received from family and good friends.  It caused laughter reading some of the notes and cards.  I found one note written by my dad, who was a pharmacist, when they were dating.  He wrote the note on a prescription pad to her.  I loved it and thought it sweet. Life is so interesting in that it passes quickly and slowly.  I don’t feel old enough to be the oldest generation in our family.  I am feeling the weight of using my time wisely in ways that bring me joy.  For me, joy is a huge word.  It has always seemed to mean, to me, an over the top emotion of happiness.  As I have gotten older, it seems to mean more a sense of contentment, noticing something that brings a small smile to my face, or learning of someone else doing something very nice for another person.  Just simple pleasures are my joy.  What are yours?

verners in the detroit free press ad

Summer Reading Suggestions:

These bools sound interesting to me.  If you read one, please tell me whether you enjoyed it.  I reading  James  right now and next in my stack is  The Covenent of Water.


Swift River, by Essie Chambers

Diamond Newberry is the only Black person in Swift River, a New England mill town in decline. When her mother decides to start filing the paperwork to declare her missing father officially dead, Diamond uncovers a lineage of Black women she didn’t know existed.

Swan Song, by Elin Hilderbrand

The final novel in Hilderbrand’s beloved Nantucket series is here. The Richardsons caused a stir on the island when they purchased a $22-million beach house, started hosting Gatsby-ish parties and campaigned to join the old-money Field & Oar club. But when the couple’s home burns down and their personal assistant disappears, the police chief Ed Kapenash must put his retirement plans on hold and find the missing girl.

The Glassmaker, by Tracy Chevalier

From the author of “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” this is a new historical novel with an artistic bent, following a family of Murano glassblowers starting in 1400s Venice. (This is very interesting to me because of a visit to Murano and my representing glass blowers at C2C.)

Night Flyer, by Tiya Miles

A historian turns her eye to the future face of the $20 bill: Harriet Tubman. Though broad strokes of Tubman’s story are widely known, Miles probes deeper, examining her inner life, faith and relationships with other enslaved Black women to paint a deeper, more vibrant portrait of a historical figure whose mythic status can sometimes overshadow her humanity.

We Were Illegal, by Jessica Goudeau

Goudeau’s 2020 book, “After the Last Border,” offered a searing indictment of this country’s response to humanitarian crises through the stories of two refugees in Austin, Tex. Now, she broadens the lens on her home state, mapping pivotal moments in Texan history through multiple generations of her family — drawing parallels with issues of displacement, migration, mass violence and civil rights that continue to ripple through the United States.

The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum, by Margalit Fox

Before Al Capone, there was Fredericka Mandelbaum. In a scrupulously researched narrative, Fox, a former New York Times journalist, tells the story of one of the most successful crooks (and businesswomen) in New York City, who became so notorious that she earned the title of “a queen among thieves.”

The Incorruptibles, by Dan Slater

Slater takes readers on an atmospheric journey through the lens of Jewish men who ran gambling dens, prostitute rings and crime syndicates in New York City during the Gilded Age, capturing the extreme ambition of these larger-than-life characters, as well as the inequality and antisemitism of the era.

Kent State, by Brian VanDeMark

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine — a watershed moment in United States history that galvanized anti-Vietnam War demonstrators at college campuses nationwide. This book draws on new research and interviews, including the perspectives of guardsmen who were there, to reconstruct a shooting that changed American protests forever.

I hope you are starting to enjoy summer.  This season flies by in Michigan.  I think it’s time for me to get away from the screen and get outside for awhile.

Take care, Cyndi

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